Keeping camel milk natural
On 2 December 2016, the government made the long-awaited announcement of FSSAI standards for camel milk, an issue which has held back camel dairy development in India for years. But camel milk could not meet the proposed standard!
The FSSAI said camel milk must have a minimum fat content of 3%. Yet the fat content of milk from the same camel can vary between 1.9% and 4%, depending on season and diet. And consumers increasingly prefer lower-fat milk.
Camel breeders want to supply a natural product that consumers can trust. Feeding supplements or using additives in milk to meet arbitrary standards for fat content would not be the best way forward. Representations were made to request that the new standard be amended and we asked all to help raise awareness of the issue.
We'd like to say thank you to everyone who made representations to the FSSAI and state government. In June 2017 the FSSAI responded by amending the minimum fat content to 2% so that camel milk can stay natural. A great result for both camels and consumers!